'Out of the norm' neighbors say after loaded gun tossed on field at Sertoma
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Longtime neighbors of Johnson Hagood Stadium are convinced Friday night's gun incident was out of the ordinary, and they say safety isn't a concern at all.
Maygan Green grew up in Hampton Park Terrace, which sits next to Johnson Hagood Stadium. Her mother still lives in her childhood home.
"Very friendly, quiet. Everyone knows each other, looks out for each other. The neighbors play together, help each other. It's a real community."
On Friday, a 15-year-old boy was arrested after police say he threw a loaded gun onto the field. After the games, shots were fired near some fast food restaurants on Spring Street. Two guns were found in the parking lot, and another teenager was arrested after two guns were found in his car.
"I think that was just a one-time thing,” says Green. “Maybe residents from other areas coming in, but, as far as, the locals who are from here, I don't see that being a trend of any kind."
"I hope people don't say stop coming to the Sertoma games because they'll be hurting themselves and hurting the kids and hurting the non-profit," explains Arthur Lawrence, the president of the Westside Neighborhood Association.
Lawrence says the surrounding communities have earned a reputation as a safe and attractive area.
"The community is now safe for people to walk their dogs, walk their kids to school and developers, now, are practically fighting each other to come in this area to develop it."
He says while a discussion of amped up security is necessary, he says the Sertoma Classic shouldn't be pushed out of its home of many years.
"What you're going to probably have to do is everyone that comes into the game, you're going to have to come in there with your pockets empty, no pocketbooks, no nothing and get metal detectors and be pat down."
A Sertoma Classic official says the Sertoma Club board will look at security upgrades for next year that may include metal detectors. This was the Sertoma Classic's 44th year.